The mission of the Golden Triangle Cooperative is to develop an integrated, comprehensive process involving curriculum, assessment, and staff development within its member districts enabling each school to provide the highest quality program possible to its students and community.
The Golden Triangle Curriculum Cooperative (GTCC) is a consortium of thirty-eight K-12, fourteen K-8 and two 9-12 rural Montana and private school districts. In response to many changes, reforms, and mandates affecting national and state education standards today, the GTCC was formed to address the curriculum, assessments and professional development needs of its member schools.
GTCC member educators guided, researched and wrote the curriculum objectives for each specific content level. Regional master committee meetings and periodic revisions to documents are ongoing processes that improve the developed materials.
Through collaborative efforts, the Golden Triangle's members have made it possible to provide quality training and resources to assist member schools as they plan, design and implement curriculum and assessment programs within their districts.
The GTCC's products are available to member districts for use in adapting the curricula and assessment tools to their needs in meeting district, state, and national accreditation standards.
What to expect from your school:
- an annual report to the community
- open and continuing communication
- a safe environment which encourages a positive learning climate
- the teaching of skills needed to successfully take students into the twenty-first century
- the building and nurturing of school, business, community, and parent partnerships
- capable, qualified educators and a caring support staff
Each community within a district has unique resources and needs. GTCC member districts maintain the autonomy to assess local needs and to develop plans which reflect community based curriculum solutions.
Curricular programs will be assessed relative to the following areas of DISTRICT SPECIFIC CRITERIA
TIME allotted to attain goals and objectives
CULTURAL AND GENDER issues reflected and infused into the subject matter
LOCAL INVOLVEMENT of teachers, students, administrators and community members in the planning process
realistic attainability and appropriateness of the GOALS AND OBJECTIVES of the program
CONTENT which provides for continuity of learning experiences to meet student needs as well as reflect state and national standards
TEACHING STRATEGIES which encompass a wide variety of learning opportunities
LEARNING EXPERIENCES that lead to the development of higher level thinking skills
MATERIAL available to accomplish and enhance program goals and objectives
on-going student and program EVALUATION
the ability to reach BEYOND THE CURRICULUM of the K-12 classroom and into the community
Opportunities for STAFF DEVELOPMENT include:
- Summer Institutes
- Best Practices
- On-site In-service Training
- Participation in National Curriculum & Assessment Conference
TRAINING opportunities for GTCC member administrators and teachers involved:
- Developing resources from within our member school districts.
- Identifying and using quality resources from outside our school districts.
- Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Curriculum development and review
- Assessment techniques
- Exemplary teaching styles & methods
- Technology and technology planning
- Strategies to motivate minority and female students toward engaged learning
- Mentorship programs
- Developing and refining partnerships
- University partnerships and university course revision
- Grant writing techniques and opportunities
- Connecting educators and policy makers
- Interschool participation in olympiads, fairs, collaborations and competitions.
Quality student assessment includes an umbrella of assessment tools:
- Paper/Pencil Assessment
- standardized tests
- text embedded tests
- teacher constructed tests
- Communication Assessment
- anecdotal records
- Extended Assessment
- Student-involved conferences
- Assessment is the gathering of data for evaluation.
- Evaluation is using assessment data to make informed decisions.
- Assessment decisions are made within a classroom every 2-3 minutes.
- Assessment matches curriculum objectives and mirrors standards.
- Assessment is an important part of learning and should be integrated with instruction.
- Student assessment should include attitudes, behaviors, skills, and knowledge.